Re Guardian and News Media Ltd in HM Treasury v Mohammed Jabar Ahmed [2010] UKSC 1

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Carol Brennan


WHAT’S IN A NAME?In this case the newly constituted Supreme Court adjudicated upon anonymity orders granted in respect of the appellants, who had been the subjects of asset-freezing orders imposed under anti-terrorism legislation. The complex set of facts gave the Court the opportunity to consider the influence of the competing rights under articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) upon the pressing issue of restrictions on reporting of publicly conducted legal proceedings.  The decision of the Court constitutes a reassertion of the importance of press freedom, underpinned by article 10, as an essential component of open justice.

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